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Cheng-Yu Shih, Chengping Wu, Maxim V Shugaev, Leonid V Zhigilei
Laser ablation in liquids is actively used for generation of clean colloidal nanoparticles with unique shapes and functionalities. The fundamental mechanisms of the laser ablation in liquids and the key processes that control the nanoparticle structure, composition, and size distribution, however, are not yet fully understood. In this paper, we report the results of first atomistic simulations of laser ablation of metal targets in liquid environment. A model combining a coarse-grained representation of the liquid environment (parameterized for water), a fully atomistic description of laser interactions with metal targets, and acoustic impedance matching boundary conditions is developed and applied for simulation of laser ablation of a thin silver film deposited on a silica substrate...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Qian Wang, Xiaoguang Chen, Lin Zhu, Jiuchun Yan, Zhiwei Lai, Pizhi Zhao, Juncheng Bao, Guicai Lv, Chen You, Xiaoyu Zhou, Jian Zhang, Yuntao Li
Al-50Si alloys were joined by rapid ultrasound-induced transient-liquid-phase bonding method using Zn foil as interlayer at 390°C in air, below the melt point of interlayer. The fracture of oxide films along the edge of Si particles led to contact and inter-diffusion between aluminum substrate and Zn interlayer, and liquefied Zn-Al alloys were developed. The width of Zn-Al alloys gradually decreased with increasing the ultrasonic vibration time due to liquid squeezing out and accelerated diffusion. A stage of isothermal solidification existed, and the completion time was significantly shortened...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Liang Jiang, Han Ge, Fengbin Liu, Darong Chen
Given its importance to the dynamics of cavitation bubbles, the mutual interaction between bubbles was carefully investigated in this work. The cavitation noises emitted in different sonication conditions were recorded to study the dynamical behavior of the bubbles. The frequency spectra of the noises suggest that the dispersing state of the bubbles severely influence the oscillations of bubbles, and that the nonlinear feature of the dynamics of cavitation bubbles, imposed by the mutual bubble-bubble interaction, gradually develops with the decrease of the dispersing height...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Hatice Zehra Akbas, Zeki Aydin, Onur Yilmaz, Selvin Turgut
The effects of the homogenization process on the structures and dielectric properties of pure and Nb-doped BaTiO3 ceramics have been investigated using an ultrasonic homogenization and conventional mechanical methods. The reagents were homogenized using an ultrasonic processor with high-intensity ultrasonic waves and using a compact mixer-shaker. The components and crystal types of the powders were determined by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analyses. The complex permittivity (ε('), ε″) and AC conductivity (σ') of the samples were analyzed in a wide frequency range of 20Hz to 2MHz at room temperature...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Alberto Comazzi, Carlo Pirola, Mariangela Longhi, Claudia L M Bianchi, Kenneth S Suslick
The sonochemical synthesis of nanostructured materials owes its origins to the extreme conditions created during acoustic cavitation, i.e., the formation of localized hot spots in the core of collapsing bubbles in a liquid irradiated with high intensity ultrasound (US). In particular, in the present work a sonochemical synthesis has been investigated for the production of three different iron-based samples supported on SiO2 and loaded with different metals and promoters (10 %wt of Fe; 30 %wt of Fe; 30 %wt of Fe, 2 %wt of K and 3...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Subash Gireesan, Aniruddha B Pandit
One of the controlling parameters of the physical and chemical effects produced by acoustic cavitation is the use of dissolved gas as it affects the temperature and pressure obtained at cavity collapse and, the reactions happening in a bubble. It also enhances the nucleation rates by decreasing the threshold required for cavitation by providing dissolved gas nuclei. The present study looks into the effect of carbon dioxide gas on cavitation using a diffusion limited model. The model couples the dynamics of a single bubble with 11 chemical reactions involving 8 reactive species...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Andrea Thiemann, Frank Holsteyns, Carlos Cairós, Robert Mettin
The detailed link of liquid phase sonochemical reactions and bubble dynamics is still not sufficiently known. To further clarify this issue, we image sonoluminescence and bubble oscillations, translations, and shapes in an acoustic cavitation setup at 23kHz in sulfuric acid with dissolved sodium sulfate and xenon gas saturation. The colour of sonoluminescence varies in a way that emissions from excited non-volatile sodium atoms are prominently observed far from the acoustic horn emitter ("red region"), while such emissions are nearly absent close to the horn tip ("blue region")...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
I Tzanakis, G S B Lebon, D G Eskin, K A Pericleous
A bespoke cavitometer that measures acoustic spectrum and is capable of operating in a range of temperatures (up to 750°C) was used to study the cavitation behaviour in three transparent liquids and in molten aluminium. To relate these acoustic measurements to cavitation development, the dynamics of the cavitation bubble structures was observed in three Newtonian, optically transparent liquids with significantly different physical properties: water, ethanol, and glycerine. Each liquid was treated at 20kHz with a piezoelectric ultrasonic transducer coupled to a titanium sonotrode with a tip diameter of 40mm...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Ri-Fu Yang, Lin-Lin Geng, Hai-Qin Lu, Xiao-Dan Fan
The total flavonoids from Hemerocallis citrina baroni are regarded as a green and natural health care product with many beneficial impacts on human health. In this study, ultrasound-synergized electrostatic field extraction (UEE) of the total flavonoids (TF) from H. citrina was investigated. Significant independent variables of the extraction, including the electrostatic field, ultrasonic power, ethanol concentration and extraction time, were optimized using the Box-Behnken (BB) method, and the optimal extraction conditions were obtained by response surface methodology (RSM)...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Andrej Šarc, Tadej Stepišnik-Perdih, Martin Petkovšek, Matevž Dular
Within the last years there has been a substantial increase in reports of utilization of hydrodynamic cavitation in various applications. It has came to our attention that many times the results are poorly repeatable with the main reason being that the researchers put significant emphasis on the value of the cavitation number when describing the conditions at which their device operates. In the present paper we firstly point to the fact that the cavitation number cannot be used as a single parameter that gives the cavitation condition and that large inconsistencies in the reports exist...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Markus Kauer, Valentina Belova-Magri, Carlos Cairós, Hans-Jürgen Schreier, Robert Mettin
Despite the increasing use of high frequency ultrasound in heterogeneous reactions, knowledge about the spatial distribution of cavitation bubbles at the irradiated solid surface is still lacking. This gap hinders controllable surface sonoreactions. Here we present an optimization study of the cavitation bubble distribution at a solid sample using sonoluminescence and sonochemiluminescence imaging. The experiments were performed at three ultrasound frequencies, namely 580, 860 and 1142kHz. We found that position and orientation of the sample to the transducer, as well as its material properties influence the distribution of active cavitation bubbles at the sample surface in the reactor...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Ahmad Shanei, Mohammad Mahdi Shanei
When a liquid is irradiated with high intensities of ultrasound irradiation, acoustic cavitation occurs. Acoustic cavitation generates free radicals from the breakdown of water and other molecules. Cavitation can be fatal to cells and is utilized to destroy cancer tumors. The existence of particles in liquid provides nucleation sites for cavitation bubbles and leads to decrease the ultrasonic intensity threshold needed for cavitation onset. In the present investigation, the effect of gold nanoparticles with appropriate amount and size on the acoustic cavitation activity has been shown by determining hydroxyl radicals in terephthalic acid solutions containing 15, 20, 28 and 35nm gold nanoparticles sizes by using 1MHz low level ultrasound...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Siyuan Zhang, Zhiwei Cui, Tianqi Xu, Pan Liu, Dapeng Li, Shaoqiang Shang, Ranxiang Xu, Yujin Zong, Gang Niu, Supin Wang, Xijing He, Mingxi Wan
This paper compared the effects of flowing phase-shift nanodroplets (NDs) and lipid-shelled microbubbles (MBs) on subsequent cavitation during focused ultrasound (FUS) exposures. The cavitation activity was monitored using a passive cavitation detection method as solutions of either phase-shift NDs or lipid-shelled MBs flowed at varying velocities through a 5-mm diameter wall-less vessel in a transparent tissue-mimicking phantom when exposed to FUS. The intensity of cavitation for the phase-shift NDs showed an upward trend with time and cavitation for the lipid-shelled MBs grew to a maximum at the outset of the FUS exposure followed by a trend of decreases when they were static in the vessel...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Daniel Sarno, Mark Hodnett, Lian Wang, Bajram Zeqiri
With a number of cavitation meters on the market which claim to characterise fields in ultrasonic cleaning baths, this paper provides an objective comparison of a selection of these devices and establishes the extent to which their claims are met. The National Physical Laboratory's multi-frequency ultrasonic reference vessel provided the stable 21.06kHz field, above and below the inertial cavitation threshold, as a test bed for the sensor comparison. Measurements from these devices were evaluated in relation to the known acoustic pressure distribution in the cavitating vessel as a means of identifying the mode of operation of the sensors and to examine the particular indicator of cavitation activity which they deliver...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Somayeh Dashamiri, Mehrorang Ghaedi, Arash Asfaram, Fahimeh Zare, Shaobin Wang
This paper focuses on the development of an effective methodology to obtain the optimum removal conditions assisted by ultrasonics to maximize the simultaneous removal of dyes, eosin Y (EY), methylene blue (MB) and phenol red (PR), by Cu(OH)2-NP-AC in aqueous solution using response surface methodology (RSM). The effects of variables such as pH, initial dyes concentrations (mgL(-1)), and amount of sorbent (mg) and sonication time (min) on the dyes removal were studied. A central composite design (CCD) was applied to evaluate the interactive effects of adsorption variables...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Lingling Zhang, Huan Qi, Zhengxu Yan, Yu Gu, Weiqiang Sun, Abraham Amenay Zewde
The present study evaluated inactivation efficiency of a sonophotocatalytic process using ZnO nanofluids including ultrasonic parameters such as power density, frequency and time. The result showed that inactivation efficiency was increased by 20% when ultrasonic irradiation was combined with photocatalytic process in the presence of natural light. Comparison of inactivation efficiency in photocatalytic, ultrasonic and sonocatalytic processes using Escherichia coli as a model bacteria identified that inactivation efficiencies are shown in the following order: ultrasonic irradiation<sonocatalysis<photocatalysis<sonophotocatalysis...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Cheng Liu, Zhen Cao, Jie Wang, Zhehao Sun, Siyuan He, Wei Chen
Ultrasonication pretreatment of raw water with high content of algal cells might cause an increase in dissolved organic nitrogen (DON) and proteins, which must be removed effectively before coagulation. In this study, the efficiency of sonication treatment in removing typical proteins derived from algal cells was investigated by applying ultrasonic waves at 20, 40, 60, 80, and 100kHz, and the influencing factors and removal mechanism were discussed. The results showed that low-frequency sonication could degrade phycocyanin to some extent, achieving about 95% removal rate after 150min of sonication...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Sunil Rajoriya, Swapnil Bargole, Virendra Kumar Saharan
In the present study, decolorization and mineralization of a cationic dye, Rhodamine 6G (Rh6G), has been carried out using hydrodynamic cavitation (HC). Two cavitating devices such as slit and circular venturi were used to generate cavitation in HC reactor. The process parameters such as initial dye concentration, solution pH, operating inlet pressure, and cavitation number were investigated in detail to evaluate their effects on the decolorization efficiency of Rh6G. Decolorization of Rh6G was marginally higher in the case of slit venturi as compared to circular venturi...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Xiaojian Ma, Biao Huang, Guoyu Wang, Mindi Zhang
The objective of this paper is to investigate the transient conical bubble structure (CBS) and acoustic flow structure in ultrasonic field. In the experiment, the high-speed video and particle image velocimetry (PIV) techniques are used to measure the acoustic cavitation patterns, as well as the flow velocity and vorticity fields. Results are presented for a high power ultrasound with a frequency of 18kHz, and the range of the input power is from 50W to 250W. The results of the experiment show the input power significantly affects the structures of CBS, with the increase of input power, the cavity region of CBS and the velocity of bubbles increase evidently...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Cheng Liu, Yakun Sun, Dongying Wang, Zhehao Sun, Ming Chen, Zhi Zhou, Wei Chen
Biological activated carbon (BAC) filter has been widely used as an effective water treatment but regenerations of BAC are costly. Ultrasound has been successfully applied for regeneration of activated carbon but has been less frequently applied to the regenerate the BAC. In this study, bench-scale and pilot-scale experiments were conducted to evaluate the regeneration performance and mechanism of BAC with low-frequency ultrasound. Adsorption indices, microbiological parameters, pore structure and removal efficiencies were further investigated...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
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